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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ooh la la

There is much to be critical of when it comes to Continental culture. But one aspect of it I have never felt particularly critical of is that if European women like the way you look, they will make themselves available for that reason alone.

The United States started out as a Puritan nation, and that tradition has never completely died. The way it expresses itself these days is through political correctness, a type of Puritanism no less silly than the original. One form that correctness takes is in the matter of sexual politics. American women have been brainwashed into thinking they should be the same as men, and must act (somewhat) like men. They have also been taught that a man should "respect" them. But exactly what that "respect" entails is a little fuzzy. So they have all sorts of self-serving rules, like having to have a certain amount of money spent on them first.

Wanting some evidence of commitment is something that evolution has programmed women for, but some of the grounds for winning "respect" are simply silly. ("Honey, you may never have accomplished anything in your life, your IQ may be 95, your thinking may be utterly logic-free, and you may be a spoiled little princess, but I really respect you since you waited until the third date to sleep with me.")

And, when you think about it, judging a man on his money-making ability in fact does connote a distinct lack of self-respect, at least for those women who abjure prostitution.

European women can be as pretentious as anybody, but they don't let politics get in the way of their instincts. If they're attracted, they'll go to bed with you. Period. No "respect" required.

Perhaps for that reason, European women also pay more attention to their appearance. They tend to be thinner. (Of course, that may be partly because they tend to smoke more.) They also tend to be more fashionable; grunge never really caught on over there. 

I've observed these differences (from afar) with women from Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Holland, Spain, Germany and even a couple of former Soviet Socialist Republics (I'm including first generation Americans from all these countries). My experience is limited, but somehow I doubt the Poles and Danes are all that different.

Europeans also tend to take the boundaries of marriage less seriously. In France, it is simply expected that a married man will have a mistress. And if he does, it is no great cause for scandal. (A Monica-gate would never happen over there because an affair would never be considered a significant transgression.)

Prime Minister Berlusconi used to joke with the Italian press about the man his wife was said to be having an affair with. It's hard to imagine an American President doing this.

Back when I was single, in the early Eighties, I saw a thirtyish woman from France for a few weeks. At one point I asked her how many men she had slept with. She said fifty. Most American women would never admit to that many, even if it were true, so I expressed surprise. She then felt obliged to explain: "You have to remember, I was married for a long time."

Conclusion: the Old World may be more degenerate, but that's why it's more fun.


Anonymous said...

The grass is always greener.......

John Craig said...

Guy --
True. But do you disagree with the specific assessment that European women tend to be more willing to play with less regard for some of the social concerns American women have?

(Please note I specifically left G.B. out of my analysis, I'm not sure exactly where they stand on this matter.)

Anonymous said...

Here is the definitive study that answers your question:
G :)

John Craig said...

Guy --
Thank you for that. Wow, that's a surprise.

I'm surprised by the UK ranking so high.

I'm surprised that the US ranks ahead of France.

I'm surprised that a strongly Catholic country like Mexico would rank as high as it does.

And I'm absolutely shocked that a country with a sizable Muslim population like Turkey would rank ahead of Italy and Portugal.

Maybe my impression of the US is out of date. Or maybe it's just colored by the frustrating life I led.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't surprised to see that in this study UK is slutty central, but as you say there are some other surprising results. It's difficult to read too much into any study like this as I'm sure there are all sorts of biases in the samples, the sampling and the veracity of responses.

John Craig said...

Guy --
I was sorta thinking the same thing about the samples and truthfulness of the respondents.

I certainly hope that you did not do your bit to contribute to that unsavory reputation the UK evidently has, especially given the way you phrased it.

Anonymous said...

I actually think that the only honest answer most Brits could give to the questions likely asked in the survey is "I'm not quite sure....".
If you visit any good sized town or city in the UK on a Saturday night you will see huge numbers of young men and women roaming the streets in large (mainly) single sex groups, all tarted up and at some stage of drunkenness. This ritual is designed with one principal objective in mind. Many no doubt fall by the wayside for one reason or another, too drunk, injured falling off heels, snatched from the river and eaten by bears...etc. But many will reach the spawning grounds.
It's very National Geographic.
(Many of those who made it however will have no recollection of whether they did or not.)

Modern Britain has its fair share of social problems and the high levels of promiscuity probably aren't because it's more fun.

John Craig said...

Guy --
Very cleverly put. (And I do like the way you distance yourself from these types, you former soccer hooligan you.)

That article you attached is a little scary, a little bit life-imitating-art (in this case, A Clockwork Orange).

BTW, don't think I didn't notice that you avoided answering the implied question in my last comment.